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Unformatted text preview: Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular System Viral, Protozoal and Helminthic Infections Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) • Agent of infectious mononucleosis – Association with late and post-adolescence is socioeconomic – The mononucleosis refers to prevalence of peripheral B cells at some stage in the infection • Transmission is by saliva • Infection with EBV, often asymptomatically, is very common • Most serious association is with certain cancers – Burkitt’s lymphoma – Nasopharyngeal carcinoma Cytomegalovirus , CMV • Another very common herpesvirus • Predominantly inapparent infection during childhood • Clinical concerns – If acquired by a nonimmune woman during pregnancy, it may cause congenital mental retardation or hearing loss – If acqured from transplanted tissue, it may cause serious systemic infection – May also cause serious infections in immunocompromised patients; cytomegalovirus retinitis affects many AIDS patients “Classic” Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers...
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- Fall '09
- Cytomegalovirus, Viral hemorrhagic fever